Illusion

Rated PG-13 106 minutes 2006

Kirk Douglas plays Donald Baines, a director of classical-era romance movies, being interviewed on his deathbed. A question about whether he regrets never having had a family segues into an extended fantasy sequence, wherein the ghost of his former editor, Stan (co-writer Ron Marasco), takes him to a mystical movie theater to show him three films of a life in different decades. It's sort of like A Christmas Carol, but with one twist: The visions Donald and Stan watch are not of Donald's life, but his illegitimate son's. And therein lies the movie's crucial flaw. The son is played by director Michael Goorjian. Forget that every 10 years he becomes so wildly changed that he might as well be playing a whole new character (the idea is that each stage of his life is a different film genre, but it's hard to find that believable) -- it's a fundamentally tough challenge to portray Kirk Douglas' kid when we all know damn well what Douglas' real-life famous son is like.

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Official Site: www.illusionthemovie.com

Director: Michael A. Goorjian

Writer: Tressa DiFiglia, Michael A. Goorjian, Chris Horvath and Ron Marasco

Producer: James C.E. Burke, Scott Disharoon, Anahid Nazarian and Kevin Weisman

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Michael A. Goorjian, Karen Tucker, Bryan Cranston, Richmond Arquette, Ron Marasco, Ted Raimi, Kevin Weisman, Ronald Víctor García and Michael Kemmerling

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